Building on the writing tradition of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and other players in Mississippi's literary heritage, New Stage Theatre populates its stages with contemporary and classic works by American playwrights. Often comical, often challenging, each season's flock of five musicals and straight plays spreads across colorfully set stages with an aim to attract a culturally diverse audience. The artistic staff balances works by the likes of Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Miller, and Horton Foote with new and developing productions through the Eudora Welty New Play Series, named for the writer who served on the board of directors. New Stage Theatre staff complements their theatre's strong artistic vision with educational programs for youth and adults, including touring programs. These outreach endeavors earned theater staff the 1995 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. While the original New Stage Theatre was founded in an old church 46 years ago, all of its performances currently fill the large and small theaters at Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center.
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Last Call's menu fills nutritionally bankrupt stomachs with moral morsels of flavorful amidst electrifying weekly events such as live music, dart leagues, and karaoke. Ravenous bird watchers can snag a mouthful of in-bone or boneless wings flapping around the restaurant, baptizing them in a culinary cauldron of zesty sauces such as lemon pepper, sweet red chili, and southwest chipotle. The jalapeño burger, topped with jalapeño bacon, diced jalapeños, and cheddar cheese, and served with a choice of side ($7.99), melts oral ice ages. And the shrimp po' boy, breaded butterflied shrimp dressed with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and cocktail sauce ($7.99), acts as a father figure to the orphan sea monkeys swimming aimlessly around your stomach.
Certified dance instructors who have trained with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and the National Dance Council of America impart ballroom, Latin, and swing moves to dancers in all-level and wedding-specific courses. The main ballroom's mammoth disco ball, grown from a sequin planted on the roof, tosses light across a blacked-out ceiling that, along with high-tech lighting, fosters a nightclub atmosphere during weekly dance parties.
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River in southern Mississippi, Vicksburg is a little city with outsize historical significance. In the summer if 1863, Union troops bombarded the fortressed Confederate city in what became known as the Siege of Vicksburg. After six weeks of relentless shelling, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army, which gained total control of the Mississippi River in a major turning point of the Civil War. Not surprisingly, Vicksburg is home to many historic military sites, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, where rebuilt trenches and forts tell the story of the siege. Vicksburg's historical downtown waterfront is worth the 3-mile trip from the hotel. Large murals painted by local artists stretch the length of the riverfront and depict the city's past. The quaint, red-brick buildings of Vicksburg's downtown house upscale restaurant, antique stores, and museums dedicated to the old riverboat days and the Civil War. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Voted best sports bar by the Jackson Free Press, Sportsman's Lodge answers bellowing bellies with an extensive menu and sports aficionados with big-screen TVs. Keep an eye on a close game while keeping fingers busy with fried alligator-tail strips served with tabasco butter sauce and ranch dressing ($8.95) or herb-breaded and deep-fried crispy fried pickles featuring aged cucumbers served with ranch dressing ($5.95). Sliced turkey breast, Philadelphia cream cheese, sautéed bell peppers and onions nestle peacefully atop a soft focaccia-bread bedding in the turkey panini ($9.95), and the 100% beef foot-long Braves dog mingles with bacon, barbecue sauce, and onions inside a pillowy bun ($7.50). Hungry chinchilla tamers can swing by to enjoy a daily lunch plate ($7.95, served Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.), along with complimentary corn bread, tea, and dessert along with the fresh breeze on the outdoor deck.